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: to assert or declare positively esp. in a pleading
: allege [not necessary to the capacity of a party to sue "Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 9(a)"] NOTE: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(e)(1) requires that averments in a pleading be “simple, concise, and direct,” and states that “no technical forms of pleading or motions are required.”
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.